Michigan State aren't completely off the bubble, but with a win tonight in the 2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament over Iowa, they've moved considerably closer to securing an NCAA Tournament berth. The Hawkeyes pushed them all night, but the Spartans were eventually able to take the lead and hold on at the end of the half, securing a 66-61 victory.
Michigan State faces Purdue tomorrow, and while it is not a must-win game, a win over the Boilermakers would all but guarantee a March Madness bid.
Here is the full Big Ten Tournament 2011 bracket (all times EST):
First Round: Thursday, March 10
No. 7 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes, 25 minutes after Northwestern-Minnesota, ESPN2
No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11
No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern, noon, ESPN2
No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State-Indiana winner, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Semifinals: Saturday, March 12
Ohio State/Northwestern winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS
Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 25 minutes after first semifinal, CBS
Championship game: Sunday, March 13
Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN
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